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West Virginia Coal Miner

Annetta M. Crews (View posts)
Posted: 916228800000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hamrick, Willshire or, Wilshire
I am doing research for the Stan Barnwell Family from Marion County, Alabama. His wifes' relatives were West Virginia Coal miners. I do not have any information except the family names. If anyone, can help me find a starting point, I would greatly appreciate it. Cheryl's parents were both born in West Viginia. William Hamrick married Eloise Willshire (Wilshire)


MaryAnn Cawthorne (View posts)
Posted: 924436800000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Scivinsky, Garnick, Smith, Spachat, Spichak
Looking for relatives who lived and worked in McKinleyville area mines, in Brooke County, West Virginia,after 1913.


melissa barker (View posts)
Posted: 976881600000
Classification: Query
What part of West Virginia. I am familier with Webster County and surrounding counties. may be able to help you.

Re: hamrick

Charlotte (View posts)
Posted: 1020610649000
Classification: Query

Since you are familiar with that area, do you have anything that may help me? I am searching for the accident that killed two Hungariqan brothers, WILLIAM POESICK and MICHAEL POSICK, (names may be the Hungarian spellings) WILLIAM (BALAZE or VILMOS) POSIK and MICHAEL (MIHALY) POSIK.

The two POSIK brothers were down in a coal mine and a coal car ran into them and killed WILLIAM that day and MICHAEL died 3 days later. We think this accident took place in POCAHONTAS CO, or very near there. WILLAIM left a wife SOPHIE and two small children behind. I have been told by a deceased relative that there are church records there, POCAHONTAS CO, WV, somewhere of this family, but I cannot find anything, so far

I am told they were buried there in a cemetery "high up on the edge of a hillside."

I am searching for anything on these two brothers.

Many thanks, Charlotte

Re: hamrick

Posted: 1335899639000
Classification: Query
I am searching for information on the coal minin accident that took the life of my grandfather George Burnett/Burnette in 1938. I am not totally confident with the parents I have listed for him if anyone has information on this it would be greatly appreciated.

Re: hamrick

Posted: 1335924174000
Classification: Query
The death certificate for George Burnette, died 1938Jan29, age 73, Fayette County, is posted on

or “West Virginia Death Records”

The person providing the death information listed his parents as unknown. A newspaper article may have more information. Census records may be good way to determine his parents.

The West Virginia State Archives has the actual forms they completed on the men killed in mining accidents for 1919-1932 bound into large volumes (1926 and 1928 are missing). Beginning in 1933, they are individual file folders for each accident, and the Archives have those through 2001. As those come forward in time, they often include both a state and a federal report on the accident.

There is no master index to those records – they are arranged by year, then county, then company, then mine. Generally when people contact the West Virginia State Archives they already have a date and county, and often the company name.

Below is the related data that I found for Fayette county, West Virginia Mining Accidents 1887-1925:

Date of Accident / Name of Person / Age / County (Town) / F=Fatal or N=Nonfatal / Page / Reference Source / Report Year


If any of the above are of interest to you, get back with me. I do have a little more information about these specific accidents.

From Jerry, “Mine Accidents U.S., Canada and Australia”

Re: hamrick

Posted: 1335978273000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Rigby/ Mayberry/Cox/Brogan/Burnette Tree
Thank you for your help. My grandpa actually died in a mine accident in 1938. I think it was a man trip car??? I had his obituary but I can't locate it now. I am looking specifically for his parents names. I am in Ca. and really don't think the names I have for him are correct. I would go to W.Va and find it if I could but can't.

Re: hamrick

Posted: 1335979242000
Classification: Query
Jerry, it's Donna again. My grandpa George Burnett/Burnette died at the Eureka Mine accident in 1938 in West virginia. Does this help?

Re: hamrick

Posted: 1335988551000
Classification: Query
Surnames: BURNETTE

My WV mining accident records end with the 1925, and I live in Colorado. The death certificte for George Burnette you can print out, see my earlier posting.

Rick Jarrett, Charleston, WV, with the West Virginia Mine Research Group has a database with over 21,519 fatalities. The West Virginia Mine Research Group has a database that covers WV mine fatalities from about 1885 thru 2009 inclusive - many of which also include the burial location. See “Coal Miners and Coal Miner Deaths” posted 16APR2012 and reply to a message posted by me7141 name used on WV mine board or to to search for me7141 and go all the way down to the last message 16Apr2012 and send him a request.
Their information came from the Mine fatality accident report that is stored at the WV State Archives in Charleston, WV. Arrangements can be made with the state archives to have the state fatality report copied and sent to you.

This web site may also be of help:

from Jerry
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